If you're local to me in the Derby area and you have nothing better to do once a month on a Wednesday evening, why not pencil a visit to the Herbal Haven Herb Group into your diary? I've been talking about doing this for a while now, and now it's time to put things into practice
I left the Mercian Herb Group in late 2010 and I dearly missed the folk who I used to meet up with once a month, but travelling to Coventry to give talks and demos began to tell on me after a while, so the idea to start a herb group local to me germinated and now it's time to plant it out and watch it grow. Sarah head who I founded the MHG with has set up Wolf's Meadow Herb Group in the West Midlands, so if you're in the West Midlands you can go to her Thursday night meetings more details to follow on her group.
The Herbal Haven Groups first few meetings will be held at my house in Sinfin, Derby using my garden and kitchen to explore the wonders of herbs, our first meeting with take place at 7pm on Wednesday 4th April, places are limited to 12 initially so if you'd like to attend please let me know to book your place.
There is no annual membership fee for the group, instead we make a charge per meeting which is £3.50 which goes towards the cost of providing refreshments, paying for guest speakers, printing handouts and for materials for our hands on sessions and later once we've acquired enough funds hire a meeting room with suitable facilities. The group will meet once a month, after the first meeting in April we'll meet on the first Wednesday of the month throughout the year with the exception of August when we'll meet on either the 25th or 26th for a group visit to a Derbyshire herb garden.
Wed 4th April - Back To Basics: Growing The Herbs That Are Best For You Talk & Demo
Wed 2nd May - Edible Herbal Flowers Talk & Demo
Wed 6th June - Making Herbal Bath Treats & Cosmetics Talk & Demo
Wed 4th July - Cleaning The Home Using Herbs Talk & Demo
Sat 25th or Sun 26th August - Group Visit To Hardwick Hall Herb Garden & Picnic
Wed 5th September - Using The Herbal Harvest To Make Simple Herbal Remedies
Wed 3rd October - Spice Up Your Life: Looking at using spices in the kitchen and in the many other ways.
Wed 7th November - Herbal Crafts For Christmas: Making Herbal Scented Gifts & Decorations.
Wed 5th December - Christmas Social: Herbal Pot Luck Supper, Quiz and Herbs of Christmas Past Talk
Further information can be found herehttp://herbal-haven.co.uk/blog/2012/01/new-herb-group-in-derby-for-2012/